I think the story and the magic of the Beatles grow the more I read how they became what they became. That they were a product of what went before and what was going on around them. That there were enormous chunks of luck that got them to where they were. But luck they had the attributes to take advantage of. I don't now needed to think they were some super musical geniuses who sprang into being to change music. The real story is much more interesting in my opinion.
And all the fêted artists of all eras; Mozart, Puccini, Shakespeare, had stories much more interesting than that they were simply gifted geniuses.
Very well put Moog! I don't just love The Beatles for their music but also for their sociological impact and how they fit into history.